Wilde

Wilde

Brian Gilbert (1997)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Once you've seen Stephen Fry in the title role of Oscar Wilde it's difficult to imagine anyone better suited. Playing to the myth of the giant of wit, restraint and wisdom, Fry conveys the strain of a public figure tied to a false marriage (with Jennifer Ehle) while besieged by his love for another man (a bitingly excellent Jude Law as the rich and spoilt Lord Alfred Douglas). Assertive in its graphic exploration of male love (two years prior to TV's daring Queer as Folk series), this may not suit all tastes. Nevertheless, it is beautifully written and its attention to period detail is spot-on. As a profile of one of Ireland's greatest writers, this is a thought-provoking and desperately sad film.

Summary

Biopic of author and acclaimed wit Oscar Wilde, focusing on his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas at a time when homosexual liaisons were illegal. Refusing to flee the country when their relationship was uncovered, he was subsequently jailed, enduring two years of hard labour. Starring Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Jennifer Ehle.

Cast & Crew

Oscar Wilde Stephen Fry
Lord Alfred Douglas Jude Law
Lady Speranza Wilde Vanessa Redgrave
Constance Wilde Jennifer Ehle
Lady Queensberry Gemma Jones
Lady Mount-Temple Judy Parfitt
Robert Ross Michael Sheen
Ada Leverson Zoë Wanamaker
Marquess of Queensberry Tom Wilkinson
John Gray Ioan Gruffudd
Director Brian Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama